For several months, during the unfolding events of the Occupy movement, supporters, media and world observers have been wondering, 'where is this movement heading?'
The Future of Occupy collective, an international initiative supporting the movement’s self-reflection, has announced a new website to help provide both a signpost and a compass for that question.
This is a virtual library of actionable movement documents, blogposts, and a platform for conversations that matter. It provides the media, activists, academics, and an engaged public with one-stop access to information and insights about the future of the movement, as it emerges.
The Future of Occupy Collective describes itself as "an open and expanding group of individuals from different parts of the world, inspired to bring their talents to serve the global Occupy movement by curating an online platform that mirrors its best thinking and most innovative practices. It brings into focus the news and views related to the movement’s identity, future, and strategy, scattered in various print and electronic media, including bloggers and websites sympathising with Occupy."
On 4 January 2012 The Future of Occupy Collective announced the publication of the first issue of its newsletter, dedicated to the Future of Assemblies.
The Collective declared: "As we enter the new year and the movement enters a new phase of its development, many sites are evicted or facing eviction. Continuing to hold General Assemblies, in one way or another, seems more important than ever, since they are one of the movement’s potent life-giving forces. That’s why we focus the first issue of the newsletter on them."
The Future of Occupy Collective "recognises the movement’s need to learn fast from its experience in order to remain a vibrant, living laboratory for overcoming the democracy deficiency of present social systems."
A section of the website focused on Movement Sense-Making, declares: “Collaborative sensing and thinking is a crucial part of the movement and essential for boosting capabilities to the scale of transformation it seeks... Our aim is not to produce a uniform perspective on the future of the movement, but to present the diversity of existing views.”
The originator of the Future of Occupy site is the School of Commoning, an international group of commons educators, partnering with the University of Notre Dame in the USA, and other organisations. However, the Future of Occupy is now an autonomous project and has members with no connection to the School of Commoning, the Collective explains.
* Future of Occupy website: http://thefutureofoccupy.org